Vapors better than smoking

Vaping is less damaging to the heart and blood vessels than smoking

01.01.2020

Switching to e-cigarettes leads to less damage to health compared to tobacco cigarettes - at least in terms of vascular health. This is confirmed by the latest study results from Scotland.

In the New Year in particular, many people intend to finally quit smoking. The end point method is undoubtedly the best for your health. However, this method has the lowest success rate of five percent without accompanying measures such as nicotine replacement therapy. But even those who switch to e-cigarettes can significantly improve their vascular health - after the first four weeks. It also reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. Scottish researchers around Dr. Jacob George of Dundee University Hospital.

In the from the British Heart Foundation initiated study - allegedly the largest to date to investigate the influence of e-cigarettes on vascular health - a total of 114 participants were followed for two years who had smoked at least 15 cigarettes per day in the past two years (see Journal of the American College of Cardiology, published online November 15). The test subjects were divided into three groups: One group continued to smoke cigarettes, a second switched to e-cigarettes and liquids with nicotine, and a third group switched to e-cigarettes and liquids without nicotine.

Result: Those subjects who switched from tobacco cigarettes to e-cigarettes achieved significant improvements in vascular health in terms of endothelial function and arterial stiffness, the researchers write. This effect could be observed regardless of whether the test persons had consumed nicotine-containing or nicotine-free liquids. In the test subjects who continued to use tobacco cigarettes in addition to the e-cigarette, however, it was much smaller than with pure vapers.

Nevertheless, first author Dr. Jacob George pointed out that e-cigarettes still pose a threat: “It is important to emphasize that e-cigarettes are not safe. However, according to our study data, they are less dangerous than tobacco cigarettes in terms of vascular health. "

Source: University of Dundee press release of November 15, 2019 & Ärztezeitung of December 4, 2019